nutshell42 wrote on Aug 24, 2012, 07:42: I never used the start menu search for anything but apps and settings, but if you used some of the more advanced features it might be annoying. No idea.
I shouldn't have to sit here justifying my workflow but we use search regularly since our department interacts with large pools of documents (no SharePoint yet since IT says its an implementation nightmare). That's where my personal annoyance is derived but I'm sure there are many other usage scenarios that are affected as well. I don't know where this idea comes from that something has to be a massive interruption for it to be unnecessarily annoying or disruptive. Something as simple as moving contextual menus to the bottom of the screen can have a big impact. Metro doesn't shoot my dog or BSOD the computer but its usability issues with a keyboard and mouse make some common tasks take longer or are more cumbersome and in user interfaces all of those little things add up. I absolutely tried to spend the majority of my time in the desktop but ended up in Metro enough for it to make a negative impression.
1. You open the start menu to start a new program 2. Hence the program you used before opening the start menu and after are different (even if you later switch back to the first) 3. Compared to switching from one program to another the question whether you use a menu or a screen is a minor difference.
I read the article and agreed with her conclusions. I don't think it's as minor as you make it out to be, particularly when we're talking about the general public. It's not my area of expertise though so I don't really have anything to add to it.
I really don't like to sound like the Windows evangelist but I just don't get how the question of the size of the start menu can justify the vitriol that's heaped on Windows 8. There's so much legitimate stuff you could complain about. The store is Jobsian fascist wonderland
And many of us have done that, several times in this thread and others. I've written several large rants on the Microsoft Store, the restrictions they are going to place on WinRT apps and how they are treating desktop apps. My issues with Windows 8 in general range beyond just Metro although that's what has the most immediate impact on people so it's no surprise it receives the most attention.